Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports

St. Lucia

St. Lucia
2021 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Moderate Advancement

In 2021, Saint Lucia made moderate advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The government approved the Counter-Trafficking Amendment Act, which includes provisions to protect victims of human trafficking regardless of their citizenship status. The government also increased its number of labor inspectors from four in 2020 to eight in 2021 and updated standard operating procedures for the identification, referral, and protection of victims of human trafficking. Although research is limited, there is evidence that children in Saint Lucia are subjected to the worst forms of child labor, including in commercial sexual exploitation, sometimes as a result of human trafficking, and in the sale and distribution of drugs. Saint Lucia's legal framework does not sufficiently prohibit the commercial sexual exploitation of children and the use of children in illicit activities. In addition, policies addressing all forms of child labor, including the commercial sexual exploitation of children, do not exist.

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